4/4 Fills Cut Short

A simple 7/8 fill construction method that involves taking fills from the familiar time signature of 4/4 and tweaking the length.

In this 7/8 fill construction lesson you will be adjusting some fill examples in the time signature of 4/4 to fit in a bar of 7/8. This will just involve removing the last eighth note of the existing fill so is a really simple idea. Once you are familiar with how the process works you will then hopefully be able to apply any fill in 4/4 to this new time signature. There really isn't any more to this concept, just take a 644 fill and cut it short by an eighth note. The trick is to remember you're playing in 7/8 and not just play the full 4/4 fill! Using a metronome or backing track will really help with that.

Listed below are several ideas using this concept. For each example I have linked to the existing fill with a note as to where it can be found on the page.


Example 1

Original fill: Example 3.

A 4/4 fill cut short

Example 2

Original fill: Example 4.

A 4/4 fill cut short

Example 3

Original fill: Example 5.

A 4/4 fill cut short

Example 4

Original fill: Example 3.

A 4/4 fill cut short

Example 5

Original fill: Example 3.

A 4/4 fill cut short

Example 6

Original fill: Example 3.

A 4/4 fill cut short

Example 7

Original fill: Example 1.

A 4/4 fill cut short

Example 8

Original fill: Example 7.

A 4/4 fill cut short

Example 9

Original fill: Example 3.

A 4/4 fill cut short

Example 10

Original fill: Example 7.

A 4/4 fill cut short

TASK

  1. Using the 2 minute rule, get all exercises upto a tempo of at least 120bpm.
  2. Play a four bar phrase in 7/8 where the fourth contains a ill. Repeat this phrase over.
  3. Pick out some more 4/4 fills you like the sound of and cut them short.